Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 15, 2018

Do You Remember When We Had “Town Clerks”?

In the “old days” towns and boroughs were run by Town Clerks who were all generally local people who rose through the ranks of the authority. The term comes from clericus and meant “scholar”. In a 1944 legal case it was held that “The office of town clerk is an important part of the machinery of local government. He may be said to stand between the local Council and the ratepayers. He is there to assist by his advice and action the conduct of public affairs in the borough and, if there is a disposition on the part of the council, still more on the part of any member of the council, to ride roughshod over his opinions, the question must at once arise as to whether it is not his duty forthwith to resign his office or, at any rate, to do what he thinks right and await the consequences”.

And then came Chief Executives, generally “Head of Paid Services” and with them came the salaries to match or even be greatly exceeded. By chance I saw the average pay for GPs in my local surgery is now published by law. The average pay for GPs working in Aughton Surgery  in the last financial year was £61,825 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 1 full time GP, 1 part time GP, 1 part time salaried GP and 1 locum who worked in the practice for more than six months”. By comparison with the circa £126,670 our WLBC Chief Executive, known for her West Lancs Now “meetings bloody meetings” will be paid, my sympathy goes to all GPs, wherever they work. If pay equals appreciation for work done something is rotten in this borough.

The average pay for GPs working in Ormskirk Medical Practice in the last financial year was £51,323 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 1 full time GP and 7 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

The average pay for GPs working in Parbold Surgery in the last financial year was £58,059 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full time GPs 4 part time GPs and 0 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.

The average pay for GPs working in Parkgate Surgery in the last financial year was £87,800 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 3 full time GPs, who worked at the practice for more than 6 months.

The mean earnings for GPs working in Burscough Family Practice in the financial year ended 31st March 2015 was £89,309.96 before deduction of employee’s superannuation contributions, tax and National Insurance. This is the average pay for the 1 full-time GP and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than 6 months during that year.

With the best will in the world how can a local authority pay so much more for senior staff by comparison with GPs and their staff who save lives and do so with such amazing skill?


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